KIPP Students Learn About Careers in Law

KIPP students gather in a room at University of Tulsa College of Law

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The University of Tulsa College of Law (TU Law) welcomed KIPP eighth grade students, three KIPP volunteer staff, and KIPP’s Dean of Students to its campus to participate in the Judge Carlos Chappelle Pathway to Law Academy on Friday, March 30, 2018.

“Pathway presents students with an overview of how to get to law school and to a legal career from where they are currently in middle school. A key component of the day’s events is a panel discussion including legal professionals, law students, college students, and college admission counselors. This allows the students to hear the different perspectives of what is beyond middle school and what it takes to get to a legal career,” said Eruore Oboh, admissions counselor and diversity outreach coordinator for TU Law.

The program began with inspiring messages from Lyn Entzeroth, TU Law dean and Danny Williams Sr., a Partner at Conner & Winters law firm and the nephew of Carlos Chappelle for whom the event is named. The program also included a tour of the TU campus, lunch with local legal professionals in the President’s Suite at the Reynold’s Center, and an interactive lesson on mock negotiation and on the Socratic method.

This year’s Pathway volunteers included:


  • Lyn Entzeroth, Dean, University of Tulsa College of Law
  • Danny Williams, Partner, Conner & Winters, LLP
  • Lorena Rivas, Attorney, Fry & Elder
  • Jacqueline Caldwell, Vice President Office of Diversity and Engagement, Director of Presidential Scholars Program, The University of Tulsa
  • Rachel Gusman, Attorney, Graves McLain PLLC
  • Kevinn Mathews, Attorney, WPX Energy, Inc.
  • Christy M. Caves, Associate Dean, Director of Professional Development, University of Tulsa College of Law

Law Students

  • Violet Rush
  • Cordal Cephas
  • Jazzmin Wilson
  • Janay Clougherty
  • Morgan Smith
  • Justice Andrews
  • MaryJoy Chuba
  • Robert McClendon
  • Leland Ashley
  • Daniel Gibson

Undergraduate Volunteers

  • Matthew Cecconi, Admissions Counselor, University of Tulsa
  • Maya Dunlap, TU Student

The Honorable Judge Carlos Chappelle, who was the presiding judge for the 14th District Court in Tulsa County and was the first African American to hold this position.